Dan Mayhew is a former high school teacher. He holds a degree in communication and theater from Portland State University, and a MAT from Lewis and Clark College. After several years as a teacher, he served as associate pastor of a congregation of about 1200 in Portland, Oregon.
In 1990, Dan began a community of home-based churches called The Summit Fellowships (www.summithome.org) where he serves as a church planter, teacher and encourager. In addition, he assists International Renewal Ministries by facilitating Pastor’s Prayer Summits throughout the Northwest and across the country in an effort to bring pastors of all denominations and traditions together for prayer.
Dan has facilitated workshops related to house churches, and is requested as a speaker. He encourages Christians to reevaluate traditional methodology and structures in response to what he sees as the changing world of the American church. Recently, he assumed pastoral duties at a small local congregation, but his heart is still with the small, simple and committed churches that meet outside more formal religious structures.
Dan is also a writer and has been a regular humor columnist in several newspapers. His columns also appear in the Humor for the Heart books, Howard Publishers.
It may as well be a four-letter word. It has been confused, misused and abused. But what if it isn’t what you think? What if most of what we know about it is wrong? What if submission isn’t a tool for control, but a lesson to be learned in order to regain the power of being human?
Did you know there is more than one way to blow up an air mattress? Do you know how to schloork a fly or how to gut a pinata? Join "Max" for a rollicking reflection on summer madness. This mini-expedition to "Planet Zootron" is just what you need to prepare for when summer attacks. It just may make you grateful that fall is on the way! (Book II of the Zootron Chronicles).
For anyone who has loved a prodigal child, here is a voice in the night that says you are not alone. 'The Butterfly and the Stone' is a story of fear and hope on a journey that leads from the safety of home to Iraq, and home again to face a fiercer enemy: post-traumatic stress and addiction. Yet, along the way is God's love...found in a most unexpected place.
Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor? What other explanation can there be for the wacky world of church? If heaven rejoices over a sinner that repents, it must bust out laughing over what goes on in the pews. Join the fun as Chaplain Dave tackles a runaway octogenarian in the middle of a gaggle of geese; Rev. Bob lets a bunch of ex-cons paint the church, and so much more...